Shagun Mehrotra - Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management

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    Shagun Mehrotra

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management

    Office Location:

    Fanton Hall/Welcome Center

    Profile:

    Shagun Mehrotra is Professor of Sustainable Development at The New School University, New York and is the founding Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Center.  Professor Mehrotra serves on UNSDSN’s Urban Thematic Group charged by the UN Secretary General as an external advisory group for the post-2015 development agenda.  Mehrotra co-directs UCCRN a global research network of 500 scholars and practitioners based in a 100 cities dedicated to urban climate change research and policymaking.

    Over the last decade and a half, his research and advice has widely engaged governments and private sector in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on climate change, infrastructure economics and finance, and poverty reduction in cities, particularly large slums.  He has led 45 multidisciplinary teams to assess climate risk and craft response in global cities and a dozen teams on infrastructure reforms.  View classroom presentations and listen to podcasts here.  Professor Mehrotra established Climate and Cities, an international policy advisory facility, jointly housed at Columbia University, and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.  Previously, he served on the staff of the World Bank, leading infrastructure reform of public utilities in Africa with a focus on expanding services to the urban poor.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences and has published extensively on these issues, including two recent books, one on Climate Change and Cities with Cambridge University Press and another on infrastructure economics with Oxford University Press.  His work has featured in Nature, and Scientific American and he is a reviewer for policy relevant research for Sciencethe world’s leading journal of scientific research.  He has a PhD from Columbia University in Urban Planning with specialization in Infrastructure Economics.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 2011, Infrastructure Economics and Urban Planning, Columbia University

    Recent Publications:

     

    Books

     

    1. Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report with C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Dhakal, and P. Romero-Lankao, Eds., (Cambridge University Press). (1) Coordinating lead author for Urban Transport chapter; (2) Shepherd for three chapters—Economics, Finance, and Private Sector; Urban Energy; Urban Planning and Design.

    2015

     

    1. Climate Change and Cities (ARC3) First Assessment Report, with C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer, Eds., London: Cambridge University Press. Forewords by (1) Mayor of New York City; (2) Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; (3) United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat; (4) Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the Millennium Development Goals.

     

    2011

    1. Bankruptcy to Billions: How the Indian Railways transformed, with S. Kumar, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009.  Foreword by Prime Minister of India. English hardcover version in fourth impression and translated into two languages.  Paperback edition published by OUP in July 2010, second impression in 2011.

    2009

     

    Book Chapters

     

    1. Lead author, Adapting to climate change in cities, Section 8 Urban infrastructure and livelihoods (with J. A. Carmin, A. Fenech, H. Fünfgeld, Y. Labane, J. Li, R. Roggema F. Thomalla and C. Rosenzweig          , Chapter 30 in Climate Adaptation Futures, Edited by Palutikof, J, et al., Wiley Pty LtdClimate Adaptation Futures Proceedings of The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Government of Australia.

     

    2013

    1. Lead author, Framework for City Climate Risk Assessment: Buenos Aires, Delhi, Lagos, and New York, Chapter 6 in Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda Volume 2, World Bank, Washington, DC (with C. E. Natenzon, A. Omojola, R. Folorunsho, J. Gilbride, & C. Rosenzweig).

     

    2012

    1. Urban Climate Change (with Solecki, W., Rosenzweig, C., and Hammer, S.), in The Urban Transformation: Health, Shelter and Climate Change, Eds. Sclar, E., Volavka-Close, N., and Brown, P. Routledge.

     

    2012

    1. “Urban Transport and Climate Change”, Coordinating Lead Author, with Lefevre, B., & Zimmerman, R. and Lead Authors, H. Gercek, K. Jacob, S. Srinivasan, in C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer, and S. Mehrotra, Eds., Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), London: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

     

    2011

    1. “Cities, Disasters, and Climate Risk”, Coordinating Lead Author, with W. Solecki, & C. Rosenzweig, and Lead Authors, C. E. Natenzon, A. Omojola, R. Folorunsho, J. Gilbride in C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer, and S. Mehrotra (Eds.). Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), London: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

     

    2011

    1. “Urban Climate Change in Context”, Author, with C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer in C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, S. Hammer, and S. Mehrotra (Eds.). Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), London: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

    2011

     

    Peer-Reviewed Articles

     

    1. Cities Lead The Way In Climate-Change Action. London: Nature, Vol. 467, 21 October (with C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, & S. Hammer).

       

    2010

    1. Lead author, Framework for City Climate Risk Assessment, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Lagos, and New York, Commissioned Research, World Bank, Washington, DC (with C. E. Natenzon, A. Omojola, R. Folorunsho, J. Gilbride, & C. Rosenzweig).

       

    2009

     

    Research Interests:

    Infrastructure Economics (Transport, Water, Energy), Climate Change and Cities, Global Urban Futures, Slums, Sustianable Development

    Awards and Honors:

    Provost Faculty Research Grant

    2014

    The Bellagio Center, Rockefeller Foundation grant by Institute of International Education for Urban SDG strategy meeting

    2013

    Provost Faculty Research Grant, The New School

    2013

    Earth Institute grant for World Urban Forum, Naples

    2012

    Provost Mentoring Grant, The New School

    2012

    Provost Faculty Research Grant, The New School

    2012

    Provost Faculty Research Grant, The New School

    2011

    Dean’s Research Grant (3 year), The New School

    2011

    Earth Institute grant for ICLEI Resilient Cities and UNFCC, Bonn

    2011

    C40 Large Cities Climate Summit, Sao Paulo, invited scholar

    2011

    Cities Alliance, grant for completion of research and launch of book on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3), (Task team leader, and co-PI with Cynthia Rosenzweig)

    2010

    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, research grant

    2010

    Taraknath Das Foundation, South Asia Institute travel research grant, Columbia University

    2009

    Climate change research fellowship, CCSR, Columbia University and NASA GISS

    2009

    Government of France and World Bank grant for commissioned research for the 5th Urban Research Symposium, Marseille

    2009

    Congratulatory note from the President of India for my book Bankruptcy to Billions: How the Indian Railways Transformed

    2009

    Congratulatory note from the Minister of Railways, Government on India for my research on Indian Railways

    2008

    Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders’ Fellowship, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University (declined)

    2007

    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, Faculty Fellowship

    2006–2011

    Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders’ Fellowship, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

    2006

    School of International and Public Affairs Fellowship, Columbia University, May (declined)

    2006

    World Bank spot award for “Displaying exceptional personal commitment to making a development impact in pro-poor urban work”, for my initiative in mobilizing 500 private water vendors in Africa’s largest slum to create an association of small-scale providers

    2005

    Grand prize, Capturing Reality: Water and Sanitation in the Developing World, Water and Sanitation Program’s Staff Photography Contest

    2004

    John A. Hrones prize for outstanding student in Urban Environmental Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

    2003

    World Bank grant, Urban Development for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction, Urban Research Symposium, Washington

    2003

    ProVention Consortium and World Bank applied research grant for disaster risk reduction, awarded to 65 researchers from 27 countries, Geneva

    2003

    Fellowship for postgraduate studies in urban environmental management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

    2002–2003

    United Nations Environment Program secondment for the inception of the South Asian Youth Environmental Network, Kathmandu, Nepal

    2002

     

    Current Courses:

    Climate Change

    Advanced Seminar EPSM

    Independent Study (Open Campus)

    Adv Sem Public & Urban Policy

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